Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, had approved the zoning for thestore more than a year ago. In July, Wal-Mart signed a lease forthe parcel at the corner of 51st and Olive Avenues. But now thecity has hired a local land-use attorney to conduct studies ontraffic, street intersections and entrances.

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The move caught Wal-Mart off guard. The company thought planswere progressing and had no idea that the city had hired anattorney to review the plans, says Amy Hill, a spokeswoman for theretail giant.

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Glendale is one of four Valley cities, along with Tucson, thateither have controls or are considering creating controls oversupersize stores by setting limits on their size and where they canbe built.

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Public opposition already killed plans for a Home Depot inScottsdale and a Wal-Mart in Chandler. Last week, Wal-Martofficials scrapped plans for a Supercenter at 24th Street andBaseline Road in Phoenix because the city had put a 130,000-sflimit on the largest building.

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Other cities are considering restricting the size and locationof buildings to effectively prevent supersized stores from comingin. The rejection of big-box retailers is a complete turnaroundfrom just a few years ago, when cities clamored to get them fortheir sales tax revenue.

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